Backpack Pain in Children Greenville NC

A backpack can be a great help to school children, but it needs to fit properly to avoid a lifetime of hurt, health-care professionals say. "If too heavy or worn incorrectly, backpacks can strain muscles and joints and cause serious back pain," Paula Kramer, who chairs the occupational therapy department at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, warned in a news release from the university.

Robert G Auton Jr, MD
(252) 757-0395
PO Box 6028
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: East Carolina Univ Sch Of Med, Greenville Nc 27858
Graduation Year: 1988

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Daniel Wade Mc Kenney, MD
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1988

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Jessica R Nichols, MD
Brody 3E 139
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2002

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Christian D Lindsey, MD
(252) 744-0766
Doctor's Park No 2 600 Medical Dr
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1994

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Dr. Jon D DuBose
(252) 753-3785
Greenville, NC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Christine C Whitel, MD
PO Box 6028
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: St George'S Univ, Sch Of Med, St George'S, Grenada
Graduation Year: 1989

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Dr. Robert G Auton Jr
(252) 757-0395
PO Box 6028
Greenville, NC
Specialty
Pediatrics

Stephen Lamar Phillips, MD
(252) 561-7777
925-C Conference Dr
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1994

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Sudesh Kataria, MD
(252) 744-3538
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Lady Hardinge Med Coll, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1965

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Jahangir Rouhani, MD
(252) 321-2832
4224 Brook Creek Ln # B
Greenville, NC
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Pediatrics
Gender
Male
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Graduation Year: 2001

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Backpack Pain in Children

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THURSDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) -- A backpack can be a great help to school children, but it needs to fit properly to avoid a lifetime of hurt, health-care professionals say.

"If too heavy or worn incorrectly, backpacks can strain muscles and joints and cause serious back pain," Paula Kramer, who chairs the occupational therapy department at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, warned in a news release from the university.

Backpack-related injuries resulted in 7,300 emergency room visits in 2006, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Kramer offered tips for buying and using backpacks:

  • The backpack size should correlate with the child's size and age -- smaller, younger children should have smaller backpacks. Look for reflective material on the backpack to improve visibility and padded shoulder straps for added comfort.
  • Consider buying a backpack that can be wheeled or a triangular sling-style bag, which is worn over one shoulder and across the body, which better balances the load.
  • When loading the backpack, put heaviest items closest to the back. This helps distribute weight more evenly. When loaded, the backpack should weigh less than 10 to 15 percent of the child's body weight.
  • Adjust shoulder straps so the backpack fits snugly against the back. The child should always use both should straps and clip the waist belt, if the backpack has one, for added support and even weight distribution.

More information

The American Occupational Therapy Association has more about backpack safety.

SOURCE: University of the Sciences, news release, July 2009

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